Prickly pears, the season nearly over …


Prickly pear cactus plants this week are still heavy with fruit and it must be the most under-utilized fruit here. I am also guilty of not having made the most of them and i keep promising myself to try the paddles as an ingredient. The simpliest way to use them is by peeling them to extract their delicious sweet juice and if passed though a mouli you will get no bitterness from crushed seeds.


On this month’s airline magazine, I featured more summer fruit.



And if you have prickly pears in your garden, remember they are the last of the season, just for another week or so. Simply wear gloves and it is an effortless job. You will find recipes using prickly pears on this blog.

(Prickly Pear Photo Emmanuel Croset)

7 thoughts on “Prickly pears, the season nearly over …

  1. richardmcgary

    I love the photo, Lea. They are such a beautiful fruit. Baby Lady & I are talking about planting one on the side of the house so we can have fresh prickly pears. We just love them. I find it funny talking about planting these because they grow wild all over Texas. They’re like a weed. In fact, just down the street from the house, there is a huge cactus pear plant that’s 5′ tall by 5′ wide that is absolutely covered in red fruit right now. Sadly, you never know if they have been treated with pesticide, etc. So, I never pick them and only buy them at the market. I’m envious you can pick them in the wild.

    1. Good Food Everyday

      Thank you Richard, i totally understand because I am so fond of working with this fruit too… Yes we are fortunate here. Red is the least common, they also come in white and yellow are the ones that you find most here. a good evening to you and Baby Lady !